Jesus Esquivel, M.D., was one of the pioneers in the late ‘90s who helped champion Cytoreductive Surgery (CRS) and Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) to treat mesothelioma.
He still is spreading the word.
Fast Fact: In 2012, Dr. Esquivel was inducted into the prestigious Mexican Academy of Surgery, which recognizes those committed to humanitarian efforts to improve medical care in Mexico.
Esquivel, the director of the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program at Saint Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, continues to carve an international reputation as a leader in the field.
His willingness to mentor and educate others on his specialty led to a 2012 induction into the Mexican Academy of Surgery, an elite distinction designed to recognize medical professionals for their humanitarian efforts in improving the quality of patient care in Mexico.
Esquivel traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico five times in 2011 to teach and assist other surgeons in CRS and HIPEC. He has made the trip more than a dozen times in the past few years.
Education has become a significant priority for me, through training others how to perform these rare procedures.
CRS is a complex procedure designed to eliminate cancerous growths from the abdominal cavity (CRS can be performed on other areas of the body, as well), often requiring removal of the entire abdominal lining, along with parts of various organs.
HIPEC is a follow-up procedure that includes pumping a heated (108 degrees Fahrenheit) chemotherapy solution into the abdominal cavity and circulating it for approximately two hours before it is removed. The intention is to kill any cancer cells that were missed during the cytoreduction surgery. Chemotherapy pumped directly into the abdomen, as opposed to the traditional method of going through the bloodstream, is considerably more effective, according to Esquivel.
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Esquivel received his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas in Mexico before coming to Washington Hospital Center to complete a surgical internship. He did his residency at The New York Hospital of Queens. Before joining St. Agnes, he returned to Washington, where he worked with peritoneal mesothelioma surgeon Dr. Paul Sugarbaker.
In recent years, Esquivel and Sugarbaker have traveled together to Mexico, where they have co-chaired treatment workshops in various cities, including one at the National Cancer Institute in Mexico City.
Esquivel, also professor of gynecologic oncology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, serves as president of the American Society for Peritoneal Surface Malignancies. He is an adjunct member for the United States Military Cancer Institute.
Esquivel has performed many instructional surgeries, but one in particular recently included several military doctors, a videographer from the Department of Defense and members of the media all in the operating room. He was filmed sharing his insights through a four-hour procedure.
His goal is to provide the medical field with more surgeons who can perform the intricate procedure that he does regularly. One of his recent patients in Baltimore traveled from California to seek out Esquivel’s expertise.
“In the future, the hope is that more centers will be doing this kind of procedure,” Esquivel said.
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